Georgia Football: No Time to Coast for the Bulldogs
Georgia has survived the most physically taxing portion of its schedule; there’s no doubt about that. As far as competition is concerned, no four game stretch will feature the potential pitfalls that a trip to Clemson (then ranked 8th, now ranked 3rd by the AP), a home game game against South Carolina (then ranked 6th, now ranked 13th) and a home game against LSU (then ranked 6th, now ranked 10th) posed.
But the mental journey begins now. The beginning of the season is always exciting – for any team. That excitement was exaggerated thanks to a brutal early season stretch and a sense of urgency. Now comes the risk for the hangover.
Here’s what Georgia’s next three weeks look like heading into an off week and the Florida Gators on November 2:
- Saturday, October 5: At Tennessee: The Vols are 3-2. Three wins against Austin Peay (FCS), Western Kentucky (3-2, Sun Belt Conference) and South Alabama (2-2, Sun Belt). Two losses to No. 2 Oregon and No. 18 Florida by a combined margin of 59 points.
- Saturday, October 12: Missouri at home: Missouri is undefeated with wins against Murray State (FCS), Toledo (2-3, MAC), Indiana (2-2, Big Ten) and Arkansas State (2-3, Sun Belt).
- Saturday, October 19: At Vanderbilt: Vandy is 3-2. Three wins against Austin Peay (FCS), UMass (0-4, MAC) and UAB (1-3, Conference USA). Two losses to Ole Miss (3-1) and South Carolina (3-1).
Obviously, conventional logic says that Georgia is a better team than any of these opponents, and the Bulldogs’ tough early season schedule (Clemson is 4-0 with three wins over BCS Conference Opponents, S. Car is 3-1 with three wins over BCSCO, North Texas is 2-2, LSU is 4-1 with two wins over BCSCO) should have them prepared.
But, this is no time to coast. The challenge for Georgia is now a mental one. The Dawgs must stay focused on individual games as they come. The first of these tasks is against Tennessee this weekend.
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